Finals: Seth Zulinski vs. Jack Wang
Maverick tends to hate combo decks, and even the creature-laden Reanimator deck could pose a big problem for Jack. He’d lean on Deathrite Shaman and his assortment of utility lands to try and keep Seth from comboing him out via Griselbrand and Elesh Norn.
Seth sidebaords after a fast first win.
Jack mulliganed to six, with Seth opening on Scalding Tarn and ending the turn. Savannah and Mother of Runes started the game for Jack, and Seth broke Scalding Tarn for Underground Sea and Entomb during the end step. That put Griselbrand into the graveyard, and Jack could only nod.
Another fetch for Seth, but he used the Sea to Reanimate Griselbrand, falling to 11 life and passing. Swords to Plowshares from Jack met a Force of Will, and he decided to immediately concede rather than play it out.
Seth 1, Jack 0
Jack snapped his seven, and with good reason—it featured Deathrite Shaman and Karakas! Seth sighed and mulliganed to six, keeping but displeased to see Bayou and Deathrite Shaman from Jack. Polluted Delta for Swamp and Lotus Petal started the turn for Seth, who then cast Entomb for Griselbrand and Reanimated it, going to 11.
Then Jack played Karakas and activated it. Seth tanked on whether to draw, going to 4 life and risking death to a pair of Deathrite Shaman activations. He decided to go with the draw, and played Island on his own turn. Staring at an overflowing hand, he cast Brainstorm. He needed to get Elesh Norn or Tidespout Tyrant into play immediately...
Failing to do so was lethal.
Jack's at ease despite the stakes.
Seth 1, Jack 1
Seth started with Island and Ponder on turn 1, shuffling the top three cards away. Jack began on Savannah and Deathrite Shaman, forcing Seth to move a little faster on his graveyard game... or sidestep the issue completely. Pithing Needle on Deathrite Shaman kept Seth above water.
Attacking for 1 damage, Jack played Thalia via Cavern of Souls. Seth dropped Lotus Petal and ended the turn, and Jack followed up with an uncounterable Knight of the Reliquary. “I’m probably just dead now,” Seth admitted. He made another land drop and ended his turn, Forcing a Thoughtseize from Jack on the next turn. Another THoughtseize revealed Reanimate, Force of Will, and Inkwell Leviathan—Seth lost Reanimate.
Seth 1, Jack 2